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Newt and Amphibian Quiz

Newt and Amphibian Quiz

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Newt and Amphibian Quiz

Question 1 of 10.

How many species of newt are there worldwide?



Newts are members of the Salamandridae family, and there are over 60 species.

Question 2 of 10.

How many species of newt are native to the UK?



There are three species of native newt in the UK: palmate newts, smooth newts and great crested newts.

Question 3 of 10.

Which out of the three native newt species in the UK are protected by UK and EU law?

Palmate newt
Smooth newt
Great crested newt
All of the above

In the United Kingdom, the habitat of the Great Crested Newt has disappeared due to land development from population growth and agriculture meaning that if your development has the potential or has great crested newts on your land then you will need a GCN survey to be conducted. They are protected by the Habitats Regulations and partially protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended).
Check out our newt survey page.
Want to survey for newts? Follow this handy video.

Question 4 of 10.

Which out of the three species of newt in the UK is the biggest?

Palmate newt
Great crested newt
Smooth newt
Question 5 of 10.

What other name is the smooth newt known as?

Small newt
Spotty newt
Common newt
Water newt

Smooth newts, or common newts, are olive green or pale brown with a bright orange, black spotted underside. They are widespread throughout the UK.

Question 6 of 10.

When are amphibians most active?

In the day
At night
Throughout the day and night

Mainly at night

Amphibians are most active at night as the temperatures are far cooler. They hibernate during the winter in pond mud, under soil or under rotting leaves. They can emerge to forage during warmer weather.

Question 7 of 10.

How long does it take for tadpoles to turn to froglets?

Tadpoles turn to froglets within 16 weeks. For more on the frog lifecycle click here.

1 week
5 weeks
8 weeks
15 weeks
Question 8 of 10.

How do common toads walk?

They hop
They dance
They jump
They crawl

They crawl

Toads crawl whereas frogs hop due to the structure of their hind legs.

Question 9 of 10.

How long can a common toad live for?

10-12 years
3-5 years
20-30 years
5-10 years

10-12 years

They can live for 20 – 40 years in captivity, however, in the wild, it is more likely to be 10 – 12 years. Read more here.

Question 10 of 10.

Can large toads eat reptiles and rodents?



These are often eaten alive! Read more here.

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